Installing Minikube on Windows

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Let’s learn how to install Minikube on Windows 10 with VirtualBox v6.0.6 specifically.

  1. Install VirtualBox
  2. Install Minikube
  3. Start Minikube
  4. Check the status
  5. Stop Minikube

1 Install the VirtualBox hypervisor for Windows hosts

First, Download and install the .exe package from VirtualBox download page

Make sure Hyper-V is disabled (if prior installed and used) while running VirtualBox.

2 Install Minikube

We can download the latest release from the Minikube release page. At the time the course was written, the latest Minikube release was v1.0.1. Once downloaded, we need to make sure it is added to our PATH.

There are two .exe packages available to download for Windows found under Minikube v1.0.1:

  • minikube-windows-amd64.exe which requires to be added to the PATH: manually
  • minikube-installer.exe which automatically adds the executable to the PATH

Download and install the minikube-installer.exe package found under Minikube v1.0.1. 

3 Start Minikube

We can start Minikube using the minikube start command (disregard the “Unable to read…docker\\config…” and “No matching credentials…” warnings).

Open the PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and execute the following command:

minikube start

4 Check the status

We can see the status of Minikube using the minikube status command.

Open the PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and execute the following command:

minikube status

5 Stop Minikube

We can stop Minikube using the minikube stop command. Open the PowerShell using the Run as Administrator option and execute the following command:

minikube stop

If you need help to install Minikube on Linux or Mac OS Operating System follow their respective tutorials.